Thursday, October 30, 2014

Weekend Picks: Halloween Tribute Bands Galore!, Purling Hiss, Ray LaMontagne, Screaming Females, Trongone Band

It's always a big party weekend when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday and this Friday Halloween is no exception.

Things actually get started on Thursday night as all good weekends do, with Love Canon, the bluegrass band that plays 80s hits at The Broadberry. The show starts at 8, tix are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Here's Love Canon doing the Grateful Dead's biggest hit:



Thursday night at Cary St. Cafe, Trongone Band brings their jam band originals and covers to their favorite spot and they'll be joined by Brock Butler (formerly of Perpetual Groove). Music starts at 10 PM and it's FREE to get in. Here's Trongone Band earlier this month at Ashland Coffee & Tea doing Bill Withers' "Use Me Up":




On Halloween night, just like you, all the musicians like to dress up in musical costumes and pretend to be someone else so it's all cover/tribute bands that night. We'll start at Strange Matter for Return of the Living Dead Band VI, which pays tribute to classic punk bands. The show starts at 7 and it's FREE to get in. This year see tributes to The Germs, Minutemen, Sepultura, Celtic Frost, Sex Pistols and The Stooges.


At Hardywood, it's Night of the Living 70's with Fear of Music (Talking Heads tribute), Full Moon Fever (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute) and Los Ramones (Ramones in Spanglish). It all starts at 7 and it's FREE to get in.


Capital Ale House Downtown features Yacht Rock with Three Sheets to the Wind. Tix are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 and the band starts at 8:30. They may play this one:




The Mantras (prog rock/jam) will be doing the Talking Dead at The Broadberry on Friday. Music starts at 8 with openers Aqueous. Tix are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. What is the Talking Dead you say? It'll be mashups and segues with Talking Heads and Grateful Dead songs. Here's a full set from The Mantras on 8/31/14:



We've had a Talking Heads tribute band. We've had a band who will mashup the Heads and the Dead. And to complete the circle, Grateful Dead tribute band, King Solomon's Marbles will be at Cary St. Cafe Friday night for a Halloween bash. Show will start at 10 PM and it's $10 to get in. They'll do an acoustic first set and an electric second set.

Sunday, we get back to original music with folk rock singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne at the Altria Theater. Tix range from $35.50 to $67.50. Show starts at 7 and get there on time to see opener, The Belle Brigade. You might dig Ray if you like Gomez, The Band, Van Morrison, David Gray, Joe Cocker, Dylan, or Iron & Wine. Here's an hour long set from Ray on the BBC in 2012:



It's garage punk galore at Strange Matter Sunday with five bands including Purling Hiss, Meatbodies, Together Pangea, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, and Mozes and the Firstborn. The fun gets underway when the doors open at 7 and it's $12 to get in. Here's "Six Ways to Sunday" from Purling Hiss' new album "Weirdon". This song has a psychedelic, Crazy Horse vibe which I like:




Indie rockers Screaming Females are at Strange Matter Monday. Pujol, Christi, and Hot Dolphin open the show. Doors open at 7, tix are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Here's Screaming Females (they start at 1:30 on the video) performing in toilet paper mummy costumes on the punk kids show, Pancake Mountain. And no, I didn't just make that sentence up from random words.



Bluegrass band Jackass Flats are at The Broadberry Monday where they'll celebrate the release of Center of the Universe breweries El Duderino brew (a white Russian stout) by putting on a musical costume of their own. They will perform the Big Lebowski soundtrack. Dale and the ZDubs will open the show. Things get underway at 8. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Here's a couple tunes from Jackass Flats' show at Camp Barefoot this summer including a Pink Floyd cover:



Have a fun and spooky Halloween weekend!

Tony Jordan